We Have Dîner en Blanc’s Secret Location – SPOILER ALERT!!!

SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know the secret Orlando location Dîner en Blanc then don't read any further. We have the actual location and venue and we do NOT want to ruin anyone's evening. This is just for those who are curious. We're not trying to ruin a special event or anyone's evening. Don't want to know? Don't read further. You've been warned!!!

It was announced in May of this year that JAGA Productions was bringing the October 13th Dîner en Blanc (Web | Facebook) pop up dinner event to Orlando. The concept for the event is this: guests pay a $40 ticket price to attend. They bring their own tables, chairs, linen, tableware, beer or wine and dinner. They all toast the event, eat dinner, dance, then head out at 11pm.

Dîner en Blanc is an vent that started in France 30 years ago and cities all over the world now participate. 1,200 folks attend  a chic picnic in a public space supplying their own food, tables and chairs. The guests eat, drink and dance together.

From the website: "Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream…"


The location is kept a secret and guests are are only told the location at the very last minute. We found out the location. (!!!) Through the magic of the internet, publicly-available information and some amateur-sleuthing, we figured it out.

FINAL SPOILER ALERT! If you don't want to know the location then don't read any further. The secret venue, according to city records, will be Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando, FL 32827 (MAP)


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  1. Farm + Haus Fooderie Opens in East End Market
  2. Billion Dollar "Farm Hood" to Have Edible Walking Trails
  3. Porsche Parking Garage
  4. Chamberlin's Grocery Store Opened
  5. Shoppes of College Park Re-Opens
  6. Annabelle Hart Store in College Park Opens
  7. Pizza Touch Vending Machine Gone
  8. 2016 State of Downtown Orlando Address at Bob Carr Theater
  9. Hidden Sidewalk Behind Redlight Redlight
  10. Bocce Courts & Beer Garden to Open Near Soccer Stadium

New Terrace Coming to Downtown Orlando’s History Center

Architect Max Brito (Website) submitted an application requesting a Major Certificate of Appropriateness to the Historic Preservation Board to construct a new terrace on the side of the Orange County Regional History Center at 65 E. Central Blvd (MAP).

The terrace project will include the following: 
  • landscaping
  • planters
  • fence
  • gates
  • retaining walls
  • railings
  • ADA compliant ramp access
The subject property is the 1927 Orange County Courthouse which has been converted for use as the Orange County Regional History Center. The building was designed by Murray S. King and constructed by a Jacksonville firm. King was Florida’s first registered architect. King died before the completion of the courthouse and his son, James B. supervised the remaining construction.

The courthouse is a Beaux Arts style building clad in Indiana Limestone. The building has typical details of the style including symmetrical facades, accentuated cornices, rusticated stone on the lower level, Palladian windows, pilasters, Doric colonnades and a parapet with a flat roof.

The applicant is proposing to add a terrace to the east side of the building in what is now a landscaped area. The original steps and paving from the east doors are leaking water into the basement and the paving will be taken up and the leaks repaired and the pavement stones and stairs reinstalled. Ramps are proposed from the landing to the terrace and from the south entry side of the building so that the terrace is ADA accessible.



10 Things to Know This Week
  1. Farm + Haus Fooderie Opens in East End Market
  2. Billion Dollar "Farm Hood" to Have Edible Walking Trails
  3. Porsche Parking Garage
  4. Chamberlin's Grocery Store Opened
  5. Shoppes of College Park Re-Opens
  6. Annabelle Hart Store in College Park Opens
  7. Pizza Touch Vending Machine Gone
  8. 2016 State of Downtown Orlando Address at Bob Carr Theater
  9. Hidden Sidewalk Behind Redlight Redlight
  10. Bocce Courts & Beer Garden to Open Near Soccer Stadium

The proposed materials will consist of limestone and concrete to match existing fit and finish at the ramp and pylon cap. Planter bowls at the stairs will be fabricated from cast concrete. New painted steel railings and gates are proposed to complement the existing historic aesthetic. Large format concrete pavers will be used for the terraces, and existing stone pavers will be refurbished and reset at the grand staircase landing. The retaining walls will be poured in-place concrete, to match the existing retaining walls.

The proposal affects a small amount of historic material where the northern wing of the stone wall on the stairs will have to be modi- fied to allow the ramp to arrive at the landing adjacent to the doors. The area where the proposed terrace will be located has already been changed to accommodate the history center and no historic material is affected. The east steps originally led to one of the building entrances. The access to this area was removed when the building was repurposed and the main entry moved to the south side. The original HPB staff report for the rehabilitation of the building was to require low landscaping in a swath leading to the building to emulate the old walkway. The proposal will remove this and create a terrace and wall and fence adjacent to the sidewalk.

Subject to the following conditions, the proposal is consistent with the requirements for approval of new construction contained in Sections 62.201, 62.704,and 62.705 of the Land Development Code (LDC):
  1. All changes to this proposal shall be reviewed and approved by HPB Minor Review Committee prior to permitting. 
  2. Final fence design shall require additional minor review and a simpler fence style is recommended. 
  3. Landscape planting plan showing trees to be removed and new landscaping shall require additional minor review. 
  4. Final paving materials and seating fixtures shall require additional minor review. 
  5. Move east retaining walls of terrace near the sidewalk back a minimum of 4 feet to create a larger indentation and planter area along pedestrian zone. 
  6. Move south retaining wall of terrace back a minimum of 4 feet to create larger lower level planting area adjacent to plaza area. 





EXCLUSIVE: Pig Floyds is Opening in Lake Nona


Today, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa confirmed it will be opening its second location in the Lake Nona community in southeast Orlando at 9680 Narcoossee Road, Unit 103, Orlando, FL 32827 (MAP).

The space's first tenant was the site of the second location in the US of the Canadian chain Union Burger. They served burgers, chicken and fries.

Pig Floyd's is tentatively set to open in the first quarter of 2017.

Pig Floyd’s joins several other restaurants in the Village including Graeme McDowell’s Nona Blue, Makis Place, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Panera Bread, and Piazza Italia.



College Park Duplex Developer May Side-Step Zoning to Double Their Money




These homes technically are two separate homes, but both are the same design just flipped with minimal variances. If they were stuck together they'd be a duplex. Both will be placed on a 100 ft wide lot side by side at 520 Stetson Street (MAP) if the Municipal Planning Board signs off on it. 

How can this happen? The lot isn't zoned for duplexes. But this isn't a duplex. It's two houses... technically. By cutting the lot in half and separating the two homes, the developer still achieves his desired financial effect (two houses sold on one lot) but doesn't break any laws.

We've reached out to the City to get the Municipal Planning Board's decision. 

Property history:
  1. 1929: Property platted as two (2) 50 ft. wide lots as part of the College Park Subdivision
  2. 1951: Existing 2038 sq. ft. single-family home with attached single car garage constructed
  3. 10/2015: Property acquired by current owner. 

10 Things to Know This Week


10 Things to Know This Week
  1. Farm + Haus Fooderie Opens in East End Market
  2. Billion Dollar "Farm Hood" to Have Edible Walking Trails
  3. Porsche Parking Garage
  4. Chamberlin's Grocery Store Opened
  5. Shoppes of College Park Re-Opens
  6. Annabelle Hart Store in College Park Opens
  7. Pizza Touch Vending Machine Gone
  8. 2016 State of Downtown Orlando Address at Bob Carr Theater
  9. Hidden Sidewalk Behind Redlight Redlight
  10. Bocce Courts & Beer Garden to Open Near Soccer Stadium

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  2. Hunger Street Tacos Opening Winter Park Taqueria Soon
  3. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen Reveals Opening Date
  4. Downtown Sanford Waterfront Infill Project Developer Wants Costs Covered
  5. Buy a house in Insane Margaritaville
  6. 80's Apartment Complex Getting 39 New Apartments
  7. New Chamberlins Sneak Peek
  8. Hilton Bonnet Creek - Ill-Placed Tongs and Slimy Gaskets
  9. Florida DBPR Won't Talk Restaurant Grades With Us
  10. Art Fence coming to Pulse
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    1. CASSELBERRY 2nd Fridays 12 trucks, 6-9pm, 200 North Triplet Lake Dr
    2. CELEBRATION 2nd Fridays 15 trucks, 5-9pm 851 Celebration Ave
    3. DELAND 1st Sundays 5 trucks 3-6p Earl Brown Park 750 S. Alabama Ave
    4. LAKE MARY 1st Wednesdays 5 trucks, 5-9pm, Central Park, 100 N Country Club Rd
    5. LAKE NONA 2nd Tuesdays 7 trucks, 5-8pm, Behind Courtyard Marriott, Town Center
    6. ORLANDO 2nd Sundays 20 trucks, 5-8pm, Fashion Square Mall, 3505 East Colonial Dr.
    7. ORANGE CITY 1st Sundays 12 trucks, 5-8pm, KMart, 810 Saxon Blvd
    8. PALM BAY 3rd Sundays 10 trucks, 5-8pm, Lowes, 1166 Malabar Road SE
    9. SANFORD 3rd Saturdays 12 trucks, 5-9pm, 202 S Sanford Ave
    10. ST CLOUD 3rd Fridays 7 trucks, 5-8pm, 1221 12th Street
    11. WINDERMERE 4th Fridays 17 trucks,  5-9:30pm, 520 Main St
    12. WINTER GARDEN 3rd Thursdays 15 trucks (5 per neighborhood) 5pm-8pm in the following neighborhoods: (1) Orchard Hills - 14441 Orchard Hills Blvd. (2) Summer Lake - 8016 Pond Apple Drive (3) Independence - 14213 Pleach Street

    Tubbs Brewing to Open Brew Pub and Bocce Courts New Soccer Stadium

    Brew Pubs are popping up in Orlando like the great froyo migration of 2010. The newest one will be called Tubbs Brewing complete with a fake water tower adjacent to soccer stadium at 617 W. Central Ave (MAP). A request for a Major Certificate of Appearance Approval for a façade renovation and new outdoor entertainment area to include the following features: 
    1. bocce courts
    2. covered outdoor bar
    3. signature water tower feature
    4. steel pergola
    5. wall/fence

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    Porsche Parking Garage


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    The Shoppes of College Park (Facebook) has grand re-opened at its original location at 2308 Edgewater Drive. 

    Shoppers will find home decor, clothing, sweets and wreaths. There's a seating area which will soon offer a beverage bar with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine.